AGENCIES, Kashmir: Channi Anand, Mukhtar Khan, and Dar Yasin of The Associated Press won Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for documenting Jammu & Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019.
“This honor continues AP’s great tradition of award-winning photography,” AP president and CEO Gary Pruitt was quoted as saying by the news agency. “Thanks to the team inside Kashmir, the world was able to witness a dramatic escalation of the long struggle over the region’s independence. Their work was important and superb.”
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AP photographers in Kashmir win Pulitzer⠀ ⠀ The story of India’s crackdown on Kashmir was difficult to show to the world: The unprecedented lockdown included a sweeping curfew and shutdowns of phone and internet service.⠀ ⠀ But Associated Press photographers Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand found ways to let outsiders see what was happening last August in the region of 7 million people.⠀ ⠀ Snaking around roadblocks, sometimes taking cover in strangers’ homes and hiding cameras in vegetable bags, the three captured images of protests, police and paramilitary action and daily life — and then headed to an airport to persuade travelers to carry the photo files out with them and get them to AP’s office in New Delhi.⠀ ⠀ “It was always cat-and-mouse,” Yasin recalled Monday as he, Khan and Anand won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. He added by email: “These things made us more determined than ever to never be silenced.” ⠀ ⠀ Anand said the award left him speechless.⠀ ⠀ “I was shocked and could not believe it,” he said, calling the prize-winning photos a continuation of the work he’s been doing for 20 years with AP.⠀ ⠀ Click the link in bio to see all of the winning images.⠀ #APPhotos #PulitzerPrize Dar Yasin @daryasinap, Mukhtar Khan @mukhtarap and Channi Anand @channipictures⠀
After Kashmir was put under a complete lockdown and communications blackout on the eve of the abrogation of Article 370 in early August 2019, Yasin and Mukhtar, like many other journalists in the valley, would persuade people flying out of the Srinagar airport to carry memory cards and flash drives containing their work to Delhi, where their offices would collect it.
While Dar Yasin and Mukhtar Khan are journalists based in Srinagar, Channi Anand is based in Jammu.
Yasin told the agency that their work has both professional and personal meaning. “It’s not the story of the people I am shooting, only, but it’s my story,” he said. “It’s a great honor to be in the list of Pulitzer winners and to share my story with the world.”
Thank you Colleagues, friends, brothers. I would just like to say thank you for standing by us always. It’s an honour and a privilege beyond any we could have ever imagined. It’s overwhelming to receive this honor.
— Dar Yasin (@daryasin) May 4, 2020
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday congratulated the three Indian photojournalists who won the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography.
Congratulations to Indian photojournalists Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand for winning a Pulitzer Prize for their powerful images of life in Jammu & Kashmir. You make us all proud. #Pulitzer https://t.co/A6Z4sOSyN4
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 5, 2020
Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah also congratulated the trio on Twitter.
It’s been a difficult year for journalists in Kashmir & that’s saying something considering the last 30 years haven’t exactly been easy. Congratulations to @daryasin, @muukhtark_khan & @channiap on this prestigious award. More power to your cameras. https://t.co/A7SH5hUEGZ
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 5, 2020